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Did Rabin Try to Assassinate Begin

By Voice of Judea TV

This week's Voice of Judea TV show contains rare footage of Yitzhak Rabin and another Palmach commander admitting that they tried to kill Menachem Begin and other defenseless Irgun fighters who were on Altalena and trying to swim ashore to safety. There is also exclusive footage of the recent police raid on the Jerusalem Internet café. Go to


Israeli Troops Prepare to Evict Settlers

By VOA News
31 January 2006

Israeli troops have killed two Islamic Jihad terrorists in a clash near the West Bank town of Jenin. Islamic Jihad said one of the two that died in the gun battle was a top leader of the group, Nidal Abu Saada.

Israeli and Palestinian officials said Israeli troops had surrounded a house near Jenin in order to arrest the men when gunfire broke out. Islamic Jihad has carried out a string of recent suicide attacks in Israel.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli soldiers prepared to evict Jewish settlers and activists from a hilltop settlement, a section of Amona, near Ramallah. Hundreds of settler activists entered the area Tuesday in an attempt to resist the eviction, planned for Wednesday.

Fatah Demands a State from Jordan River to the Mediterranean


The military wing of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party, the Al-Aksa Brigades, in a post-election effort to outflank Hamas, said that it would step up its terror offensive against Israel.

The group will attempt to drum up public support for more violence against Israel by emphasizing the need to "liberate all of historic Palestine from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] Sea."

As political leaders in Israel and around the world lament the political fall of Fatah and the rise of Hamas to the forefront of the PA leadership, the Fatah, via its armed wing, has hardened its stance towards Israel.

The political goals of the Al-Aksa Brigades leave no room for a Jewish State in the Middle East. In what may be an effort to win back the voting public, the political line of the Brigades is moving closer and closer to that of Hamas.

In an official announcement released in Gaza Monday, the Brigades said that the Hamas victory in last week's election "will not affect the policies of the Al-Aksa Brigades or its resistance to the Zionist occupier. No Palestinian government will prevent the Brigades from continuing in its path of resistance until all Palestinian land is liberated from the defilement of the occupation."

Using terminology reminiscent of Hamas and other radical Islamic terror groups, the announcement continued, "The Al-Aksa Brigades will not be silent and will punish those who try to weaken Palestinian resistance and jihad against the occupier that blocks roads, arrests, and assassinates jihad fighters on the West Bank, and kills innocent children in Gaza."

Abu Zuheri, a leader of the Brigades, expressed satisfaction with the group's more militant image. "Palestine from the river to the Mediterranean, coincides with the policy of the Hamas and is a source of pride," he said.

Iranian Ambassador: Israel's Warnings Are a Diversion


Morteza Mirheydari, Iran's ambassador to Serbia, said this week that Israel's warning that the Iranians will soon have nuclear weapons is a diversion intended to allow Israel to maintain its nuclear arsenal.

Speaking on Yugoslavian television, Mirheydari said, "Israel has announced since the '80s that Iran is close to acquiring nuclear weapons... such claims are mostly raised to divert public opinion from Israel's mobilization of 200 nuclear warheads."

Mirheydari also warned that should the United Nations Security Council elect to handle the matter of Iranian nuclear monitoring, Iran would simply cease cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "We are for negotiations and dialogue and the door for talks is still open," the Iranian official said, "although the US and European Union have rejected it."

Iran Already Has the Bomb

By The Jerusalem Post

Rafi Eitan suspects that Iran already has enough enriched uranium fissionable material to manufacture at least one or two atom bombs of the Hiroshima type. "Otherwise Iranian President Ahmadinejad would not have dared come out with his declaration that Israel should be wiped off the map," repeating it in various versions. His efforts at denying the Holocaust in which six million Jews were slaughtered prove that there is method in Ahmadinejad's madness.

"Don't treat him like a madman," Chief of General Staff Dan Halutz recently cautioned. Eitan's assessment of the situation is especially important because of his extensive intelligence experience in Israel's struggle for its existence, even before its establishment in 1948. Eitan was among those that laid the operational foundations for the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the Mossad. He is credited with numerous successes above and beyond the fact that he headed the team that apprehended Adolf Eichmann in Buenos Aires in May 1960 and brought him to justice in Jerusalem. He served as Menachem Begin's special adviser on the war on terror. He was involved in the secret planning and implementation of the attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor in June 1981. Eitan failed in 1985 when the United States arrested Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, for spying for Israel. Eitan was forced to resign after taking responsibility for running Pollard as an Israeli agent in the United States. It emerged at that time that Eitan had stood at the head of an Israeli intelligence agency known as the Office of Scientific Relations, LAKAM by its Hebrew acronym. Eitan,, currently a private businessman who is close to 80 years old, is not only still sharp, quick and curious, but also takes a strong interest in the dangers posed to Israel. And so he came this week to the Herzliya Conference to hear the lectures and meet with colleagues from other countries. Eitan told the Jerusalem Post: "I am convinced that the Iranians already have at least one or two nuclear devices. They have been operating centrifuges for a number of years now, they have natural uranium, and who on earth believes the Iranians when they say that they have closed down one facility or another? You would have to be an idiot or terribly naive to believe them." Eitan said that this view was bolstered by conversations he held with various experts from abroad who came to the Herzliya Conference - that Iran already has a an atom bomb. What should concern not only Israel but Europe too, continues Eitan, is the fact that the Iranians have acquired cruise missiles with an 1,800-mile range. They tried to purchase nine missiles of this kind in Ukraine from the arsenal of the former Soviet Union, but Russia thwarted part of the deal and Iran received three or four such missiles. "In an argument with colleagues from abroad," noted Rafi Eitan, "the question was whether Iran's current president is a sort of new Hitler or merely an international manipulator. Too many experts have judged him in accordance with his actions and declarations as a kind of extremist Islamist Hitler." The administration of George W. Bush is entirely aware of the burgeoning Iranian nuclear danger. The question is whether the leading countries in Europe will wake up in time to the danger too. "The diplomatic struggle against the Iranian nuclear danger," warns Eitan, "must be an international one and it must come in time. The danger of nuclear weapons in the hands of Teheran is no less serious than when Saddam Hussein built the French Osirak nuclear reactor in Baghdad." What worries Rafi Eitan is that the news coming from Teheran shows that Ahmadinejad will not hesitate to take the most extreme measures, not unlike the methods used in the Third Reich, to put down any opposition against him. Iran has hundreds of thousands of young people who are opposed to the conceptual and cultural darkness that the fundamental Islamists are forcing on them. "Don't be surprised," Rafi Eitan told the Post, "if the Iranian president tries to forcibly and brutally eliminate this opposition."

Spielberg: I've Angered Jewish 'Fundamentalists'

By Ha'aretz

Director Steven Spielberg said his controversial film "Munich" has provoked angry responses from "so many fundamentalists" in the Jewish community, and that the film "never once attacks Israel." The remarks were published in this week's Newsweek.

"Munich" has been a target for criticism from both the left and right for raising questions over Israel's assassination policy and the moral price Israel may have paid for targeting the Palestinian terrorists who killed Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics.

In a roundtable discussion with editors of Newsweek along with other nominees for the Directors Guild award, Spielberg said, "So many fundamentalists in my own community, the Jewish community, have grown very angry at me for allowing the Palestinians simply to have dialogue and for allowing Tony Kushner to be the author of that dialogue."

According to Spielberg, "'Munich' never once attacks Israel, and barely criticizes Israel's policy of counter violence against violence. It simply asks a plethora of questions. It's the most questioning story I've ever had the honor to tell. For that, we were accused of the sin of moral equivocation. Which, of course, we didn't intend - and we're not guilty of."

Spielberg said he knew the film was going to "receive a volley from the right," but he was surprised "that we received a much smaller, but no less painful, volley from the left. It made me feel a little more aware of the dogma, and the Luddite position people take any time the Middle East is up for discussion."

The noted director said moviemakers have become much more politically vocal since the reelection of President George W. Bush. "Maybe I shouldn't get into this ... I just feel that filmmakers are much more proactive since the second Bush administration."

In remarks released by the magazine on Sunday, he said, "I think that everybody is trying to declare their independence and state their case for the things that we believe in. No one is really representing us, so we're now representing our own feelings, and we're trying to strike back."

The movie opened at theaters across Israel last week, to mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers.

'Penis will Become Normal Over Time'


A year-and-a-half after A's circumcision ceremony, his parents had to have their son re-circumcised under anesthesia after the first mohel "didn't cut off enough." The parents sued the first mohel, and won NIS 45,000 in damages

"A" was born during springtime. Eight days later, in keeping with the Jewish custom observed by nearly all Israelis, he was circumcised by mohel (ritual circumciser) Rabbi Shalom Ma'atuf.

But when the boy was two-and-a-half months old, his mother noticed his penis seemed uncircumcised. The frightened mother called Ma'atuf and asked him to examine the baby, but Ma'atuf never appeared. "Be patient, things will work out themselves over time," he told the mother.

At seven months, she called Ma'atuf again and expressed her concern. "Is the boy chubby?" asked Ma'atuf. The mother confirmed that was the case, and was told once again not to worry. "Once he loses some of the 'baby fat' you will see he is circumcised. Eventually, your kid will be normal," assured Ma'atuf.

The scene repeated itself several more times, but Ma'atuf refused to examine the boy, maintaining that things would "work out."

When the boy was a year-and-a-half old, his mother finally took him to a urologist, who confirmed her worst fear: The boy was not circumcised properly, and his foreskin was almost completely intact. The physician then proceeded to circumcise the boy under full anesthesia.

The parents said that the surgery put the family through a terrible ordeal. "From a pleasant and smiley baby, our son became a frightened boy, often in pain, and constantly subject to anxiety attacks. We couldn't do anything about it," they told Justice Dalia Ganot of the Rishon Lezion Magistrates Court.

Justice Ganot said the relevant issue was whether or not the boy required corrective surgery. This is where opinions differed. Dr. Kessler, an expert witness for the plaintiffs, claimed that there was excess foreskin, a condition that can only be treated by surgery and not "over time."

But Dr. Atias, an expert witness for the mohel, disagreed. In his opinion, the boy suffered from "hidden penis phenomenon," a condition that would have corrected itself as the boy grew up.

Kessler said it was possible to determine that there was excess foreskin by pulling the skin back, towards the penis' shaft. But Atias claimed such an examination can only be done while the penis is erect, and therefore it was not possible to make that determination.

After reviewing photographs of the boy's penis taken before the surgery, the judge awarded the boy NIS 45,000 in damages for emotional distress, and said the boy should be compensated for all future expenses - psychological therapy, increased diaper usage, medical treatments, etc.

"Even to the untrained eye, there is no doubt the penis was abnormal, and that it does seem uncircumcised (from the photos)," said Ganot. "Moreover, while Dr. Kessler is a surgeon specializing in child urology, Dr. Atias is a gynecologist that operates on women. What does a women's doctor know about penises?

Circumcision is the second mitzvah of the Torah. It stems from the Book of Genesis, where Abraham is instructed by God to circumcise himself at the age of 99, his 13-year-old son Ishmael, and his newborn son Isaac, then just eight days old.

Although it is a surgical procedure, Jews have always relied on ritual circumcisers, called "mohels" in Hebrew, of whom only a handful are doctors.

Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that the procedure is considered a religious-ceremonial act, rather than a medical one, thus opening the door to mohels who are not trained doctors to perform the procedure. Nonetheless, the mohel must act with caution, and can be liable for compensatory damages, should he be found negligent.

"We live in a Jewish state, where the majority of citizens - both Jews and Muslims - circumcise their sons. Had the boy grown up with a penis that seemed uncircumcised, he would have been considerably different from his friends. There is no telling what psychological impact that would have on his character and personality."

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